05NR26 - ABATE of LOUISIANA Press Release

Motorcycle Riders Foundation
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Contact: JD DePaolantonio, MRF Director of Communications and Information
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October 13, 2005

#05NR26 - ABATE of LOUISIANA Press Release

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) is issuing the following release at the request of ABATE of Louisiana, Inc.

The motorcycling community from across the United States has been very generous in answering our call for relief donations and we are deeply grateful for their generosity. Although I would like to mention all the people and Organizations that have made donations to this effort here they are too numerous. For a complete list of the Organizations, Businesses, and Individuals who have donated to this cause go to this link: http://www.abateoflouisiana.org/katrinasupporters.htm

On October 6th A.B.A.T.E. Of La., Inc. held its first committee meeting to set the ground rules for providing relief and to start identifying those who were displaced and affected throughout the state of Louisiana. Although we have stated that we will help all motorcyclists we can throughout this state affected by the devastation left behind by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita the first seven people we have approved are members of A.B.A.T.E. Of La., Inc., three of these individuals were left virtually homeless, the others have suffered great loss and are receiving no federal help whatsoever. We are starting to realize how daunting of a task this is. Although the motorcycling community has been quite generous in their contributions we have realized through our Internet Conferencing discussions that we only have enough funds to help approximately ten families. We are not disheartened by this fact; these are ten more families than we would have been able to help otherwise.

I wish to personally thank everyone in the motorcycling community for their incredible outpouring of support in our time of need. This outpouring of support means nothing in the sense of dollars and cents, but everything in the spirit of community, a community that cares and takes care of its own, a community that is unlike any other and one that Im very proud to be a part of.

James Poet Sisco
Executive State President
A.B.A.T.E. Of La., Inc.


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